Could France-sized ocean garbage patch become 196th nation?

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Trash is polluting our oceans, and now there’s a patch near Hawaii that is around the size of the entire country of France. The charity Plastic Oceans Foundation and publication LADbible want to recognize the garbage patch as a country, called Trash Isles, to not only raise awareness, but try to get the area cleaned up.

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Winning Mexloop Hyperloop design could connect 42M people in new megalopolis

Traveling between Mexico City and Guadalajara takes over six hours by car today – but imagine making that trip in 45 minutes. It could be possible in the future with a new Hyperloop system proposed by Mexloop, a Mexican consortium which includes names like Arup and Fernando Romero Enterprise, designers of Mexico City’s New International Airport. Their suggested Hyperloop network is a winner of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge.

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IKEA’s new augmented reality app could totally change the way we shop

Have you ever purchased a piece of furniture, only to find out later it didn’t fit its intended spot or threw off the balance of the room? This is actually pretty common, which is why the Swedish furniture maker IKEA is building a free augmented reality (AR) application using Apple’s new ARKit technology. The app will let users experience how sofas, armchairs, coffee tables and other furnishing items will fit into their homes. Users will also have the option of capturing the setting in the app… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New bridge linking Japan and Russia could enable 8400-mile rail trip from London to Tokyo

The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the longest rail routes in the world, but it could get even longer under a proposal from the Russian government. The country is reportedly in serious discussions with Japan to build a 28-mile bridge that would lengthen the line. If the bridge was built, you’d be able to travel from Tokyo to London on different routes spanning 8,400 miles.

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Lilium’s all-electric flying taxi could travel from Manhattan to JFK in 5 minutes

The taxi of the future may be picking you up and dropping you off before you know it. Best of all, it is likely to be electric and flying. While German start-up Lilium has to first develop the flying taxi that seats five, the objective should be less challenging now that the company has secured $90 million in funding.

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The Verge reports that the funds will be used to build the company’s five-seat commercial Lilium Jet, as well… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

San Diegans could get $20,000 off price of electric car

Elon Musk might have just ushered in the era of affordable electric vehicles with the first Tesla Model 3 cars rolling off the production line, but south of the Fremont factory in San Diego there is another great deal going on. Starting this month and running through the end of September, San Diego Gas & Electric customers can take advantage of a $10,000 discount off the purchase of a 2017 Nissan Leaf or a 2017 BMW i3.

When the state of California’s $2,500 EV rebate and the $7,500 federal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Doctor warns falling sperm counts could lead to human extinction

Will our lifestyle lead to our extinction? New findings from an international team of researchers indicated sperm counts in men from North America, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe have halved in under 40 years. Lead author epidemiologist Hagai Levine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem told the BBC, “If we will not change the ways that we are living and the environment and the chemicals that we are exposed to, I am very worried about what will happen in the future.”

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Your macaroni and cheese could contain harmful chemicals banned in children’s toys

Around 10 years ago, chemicals called phthalates were banned from children’s toys. But researchers recently detected them in food children commonly eat: macaroni and cheese. Phthalates can disrupt hormones and have been connected to birth defects, but were found in high amounts in the powdered cheese common in macaroni and cheese mixes.

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Your macaroni and cheese could contain harmful industrial chemicals

Around 10 years ago, chemicals called phthalates were banned from children’s toys. But researchers recently detected them in food children commonly eat: macaroni and cheese. Phthalates can disrupt hormones and have been connected to birth defects, but were found in high amounts in the powdered cheese common in macaroni and cheese mixes.

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Electric cars could reach cost parity with conventional cars by next year

Are you eager to get your hands on a new electric vehicle (EV)? You’re not alone. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait long, as a new report from investment firm UBS says electric cars will soon reach cost parity with vehicles that have internal combustion engines (ICE). Perhaps the most exciting news is that the shift is expected to take place as early as 2018.

The report makes it clear that while electric vehicles will still cost more than ICE cars, owning a new EV will be comparable… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building